Worship service for Sunday, April 5, 2020 – Palm Sunday 5



We are pleased to welcome back Rev. Jenna Heery!  The Rev. Jenna L. Heery was ordained by the Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse to a validated ministry serving the families of organ donors at Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network. In this ministry, she journeys with donor families through the donation process. Previously, Jenna also has served as a hospital and hospice chaplain, as a youth pastor, and as a chaplain intern for the backside workers at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY. Jenna lives in Auburn, NY, with her husband, Patrick, who is also a Presbyterian minister and with their two beloved dogs, Darby and Charlie. Jenna and Patrick also are excited (and exhausted!) parents to a precious one-year-old little boy named Emerson, and they are just now beginning the adoption process again in hopes that Emerson will one day be a big brother!

Call to Worship:

(words inspired by Psalm 31:9-16)

I cry out to you in distress;
Hear us, Lord.

My eyes are weak with sorrow;
my soul and body are weighed down with grief.
Comfort us.

I feel forgotten; I am afraid.
Remember us.

But I trust in you, Lord;
You are our God!

My time is in your hands.
Deliver us.

Let your face shine on your servant;
Save us in your unfailing love… Amen.


“Hosanna, Loud Hosanna”

Call to Confession:

(words inspired by Jeremiah 29:11-13)

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you hope and a future. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart.

Prayer of Confession:

Gracious God, we see the cross, looming dark and dangerous before us, and we are afraid. Yet, you say, “Follow me.” Frightened for the future, we hoard whatever safety and comfort we can find for ourselves alone. Yet, you say, “Love your neighbor.” Wracked with doubt, we question your goodness and deny your love. Yet, you say, “Trust in me.” Help us, Lord. Calm our hearts. Comfort our fears. And fill us with your Easter light, even as we face this darkness. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon:

Believe the good news of the Gospel: in Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

Children’s Worship Resources

Sharing our Gifts

Due to current circumstances, we kindly ask you to submit your offering by bank account or credit card through our online donation platform, Tithe.ly.  There will be significant delay in processing checks mailed to us.

Prayer of Dedication

Lord, take our gifts, offered in gratitude, never adequate, but in your grace, always blessed, multiplied and used to show your love, compassion and care. May the resources you have entrusted to us, freely given to you, make visible here and now Jesus’ timeless mission of justice and mercy.


“Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said”

First Reading:

Psalm 31:9-16

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
    my eye wastes away from grief,
    my soul and body also.
10 For my life is spent with sorrow,
    and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my misery,
    and my bones waste away.

11 I am the scorn of all my adversaries,
    a horror to my neighbors,
an object of dread to my acquaintances;
    those who see me in the street flee from me.
12 I have passed out of mind like one who is dead;
    I have become like a broken vessel.
13 For I hear the whispering of many—
    terror all around!—
as they scheme together against me,
    as they plot to take my life.

14 But I trust in you, O Lord;
    I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in your hand;
    deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
16 Let your face shine upon your servant;
    save me in your steadfast love.

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


“Corona and the Cross” by Rev. Jenna Heery

Prayers of the People & Lord’s Prayer

This week, as you pray for those whom you know, pray too for those on the frontlines of this current crisis.  Pray for those who wash frequently today because of their responsibility… not their desire to put responsibility aside.  If you have a specific prayer request to add, please leave it as a comment below.


“It Is Well With My Soul”

Charge & Benediction

Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous and strong. Let all that you do be done in love.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.



Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License #A-733291

5 thoughts on “Worship service for Sunday, April 5, 2020 – Palm Sunday

  • William and Nancy Hall

    Thank you for an uplifting service. We were grateful for the wonderful sermon and amazing music.
    It was a very special Palm Sunday.
    Thanks, Bill & Nancy Hall

  • Diana Markowitz

    Thank you Jenna and Vince and everyone behind the scenes for bringing us this beautiful service. During this difficult time we all need to open our hearts and know that God will lead us thru this time. I miss our church family and if we continue our social distancing we will be together soon. 🙏🙏

  • Kristin Curtis

    Moved beyond words!
    Amazing music…..I was a puddle….loved It Is Well With my Sioul!
    Fabulous sermon. Exactly what we needed to hear this morning. You helped to make this confusing, sad, scary time make a bit more sense. The worst thing indeed is not the last thing. Your sermon filled us with hope.
    You are so gifted, Jenna. I couldn’t help but think that asking you to preach on THIS Sunday was not a coincidence, but rather a God-incidence.
    Thank you , and stay well.

  • Kevin Curtis

    Beautiful on-line message, prayers and music selections. We miss seeing our church family in person, but digital services are convenient, efficient and uplifting! Nice that it is easy to share the service. Thanks, Pastor Jenna. Also thanks to Kristin Schierer who gets everything together and posted.

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